Aromatherapy for dog health

aromatherapy for dogs

Aromatherapy is all the rage these days. But which essential oils are good for your dog, and what benefits do they offer?

Take a look at some common oils that can be used to improve your animal’s well-being.

Mandarin, is an excellent oil for depression and winter blues, a good pick-me up for both dogs and people – environmental diffusing in the morning will help to boost your spirits for that early morning walk.

Chamomile, is very soothing and relaxing to the emotions and to the skin.  Try environmental diffusing with Lavender in the evenings to calm dogs and people.  Go easy on the Chamomile it’s aroma is powerful a ratio of 1:6 (1 drop of Chamomile to 6 drops of Lavender).

Rosemary, is very uplifting and fresh.  Nice when used in a combination with Lavender as an environmental spray to freshen bedding and carpets.

Patchouli, is excellent for minor itchy dry skin conditions especially when used with Chamomile and Lavender.  Combine 2 drops of Chamomile, 6 drops of Lavender and 6 drops of patchouli in a base of 30ml or 1 oz of light vegetable oil. Apply small amounts in small circular motions to affected area.

Rosewood, is an excellent immune system stimulant, environmental diffusing is the most effect way to incorporate it into your dogs life.

Geranium, is an oil that is very powerful aromatically, it helps to repel insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, horse an deer flies.  Best to be used in small amounts.

DIY natural bug spray

A combination of Geranium, Tea Tree and Citronella essential oils which are also know for insect repellent can made into a spray.  This combination could be useful during the summer months. Try blending together 30 drops of Geranium with 30 drops of Tea Tree and 15 drops of citronella with 120 ml of water and 5 ml of vodka, keep spray bottle and shake well before using. Use several times a day if your dog spends a lot of time outdoors or woodland areas.  Avoid the face and eyes, spray on your on hands first and then apply behind the ears and around neck.  Spray the underbelly, back and tail liberally.  However, if irritation occurs discontinue use.

All of these oils listed here blend very nicely together to help control pests, ward off airborne viruses and control bacteria and keep dogs and their homes fresh smelling.

[Editor’s Note: Looking for a pre-formulated essential oil blend to improve your dog’s well-being? LifeFORCE Pet Health offers an entire line of aromatherapy products for pets.